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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This one-year introductory course is for people thinking of a career in building services, specialising in plumbing.  

As well as plumbing know-how, learners will develop their skills in maths and English, which will support their main programme of study, help their future progression and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

You will undertake an aptitude test and interview.  You should have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade D or above.

Course Content

This qualification covers a range of basic tasks and underpinning knowledge involved in plumbing.

You will complete the following core units:

  • Introduction to the Building Services Engineering Sector
  • Functional Maths and English

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the practical skills and knowledge you gain by completing various practical tasks and assessments.  Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need safety boots and overalls.

What can I do after this course?

This course allows learners to progress to the following City & Guilds qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Installing and Maintaining Domestic Heating Systems

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Regional finalist Tom progresses to level 3 plumbing apprenticeship

Derby College plumbing apprentice Tom Smith is making great progress in his apprenticeship with Derby Homes.Since starting work with the company he has taken part in the regional finals of a national heating competition and been given the opportunity to advance to a level 3 apprenticeship.Tom, who is 20 and from Giltbrook, got good grades at A level and had planned on going to university after school.But, put off by the cost, he looked for an apprenticeship instead and is happy that he made the right choice.In February he represented Derby College in one of six regional heats of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, organised by HIP magazine.And, although Tom didn't make it to the national finals, he enjoyed the experience and the chance to compete against other skilled young heating apprentices.

He said: "I go to college on day release and enjoy it.
"A lot of our tutors have been there for quite a long time and they really know their subject.
I'm finding the course quite easy.
I've got a car so getting to Derby isn't a problem and I like the college building too."
Tom, who undertakes work such as installing radiators and boilers at Derby City Council's domestic properties which are managed by Derby Homes, would like to work as a gas engineer once he is fully trained

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